About me

I joined the Criminology Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University as a permanent member of the faculty in September 2020 after earning a PhD in Sociology from Queen’s University (Canada) in 2016 and three postdoctoral positions. I teach Introduction to Criminology, Advanced Theories of Crime and Community,  Contemporary Sociological Criminology, and Qualitative Research Methods. I am working with two colleagues at KPU to create a new course on Green Criminology. I enjoy tremendously the small classes size at KPU, which provides plenty of opportunity to interact with students.

My first postdoc (2016-2018) was under the guidance of Michael Oppenheimer and the Climate Futures Initiative at Princeton University. While there, I began working on an ongoing research project led by Principle Investigator Jessica O’Reilly. We are studying the processes through which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change authors its Sixth Assessment Report. We are conducting qualitative interviews with IPCC authors and making observations at Lead Author Meetings. This project, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is due to wrap up in 2023 (check my blog here for updates on the final IPCC approval session). During this first postdoc, I also conducted an ethnography of near-real-time data visualization at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, which I wrote about in this article published in the journal Social Studies of Science. 

My second postdoc (2018-2019), was under the guidance of Dominic Boyer at the Center for Research in Energy & Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University. There, we worked on a National Science Foundation project called “Recovery, Relocation and Alluvial Awareness in Post-Harvey Houston.”  We used ethnographic observations, qualitative interviews, and an online survey to understand how being flooded impacts peoples’ sense of place. We focused on the Brays Bayou watershed and the Greens Bayou watershed. A public report is available here: https://anthropology.rice.edu/sites/g/files/bxs1041/f/Flooding_Report.pdf  and we contributed an article to the Anthropocene Curriculum that is available here:  https://www.anthropocene-curriculum.org/contribution/hydraulic-houston.

My third postdoc (2020), was under the guidance of Deborah Hartford and Alison Shaw with the ACT (Adaptation to Climate Change Team) at Simon Fraser University where I supported their work on the integration of adaptation and mitigation planning in municipal governments in British Columbia.

I defended my dissertation in Sociology at Queen’s University, Canada, in November 2015. My dissertation is called The Social Reorganization of Polar Science: Responding to Cryospheric Change in the International Polar Year 2007-2008 and Beyond. Martin Hand was my supervisor and Sergio Sismondo and Mick Smith were committee members. Brian Wynne was the external examiner. I used in-depth qualitative interviews, participant-observation, and document analysis to research how scientists and policymakers are responding to Arctic change. I framed the dissertation as an inquiry into the call to go “From Knowledge to Action,” which is the theme that concluded, in 2012, the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008.

For an updated list of peer-reviewed journal articles, click here: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4008-3755 IMG_20171110_121225